Now under Senate consideration, House Bill 374 expands the definition of “beer” to mean any alcoholic beverage containing no less than 0.5 per cent alcohol by volume obtained by fermentation of any infusion or decoction of malt or any substitute, including alcohol seltzer beverages and excluding sake, cooler beverages, and other distilled products. The bill would also authorize brewpubs to sell beer so-defined that they manufacture, including beer manufactured on their premises, subject to certain conditions. Companion legislation Senate Bill 717 has successfully cleared the Senate.
Pete Johnson serves as the State & Regulatory Affairs Manager for the Brewers Association (BA). He joined the BA at its inception in 2005, having previously worked as Programs Director for the Brewers Association of America. Before coming to the small brewing industry in 2001, Pete worked for 14 years with both state and federal elected officials in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.See Pete Johnson's Articles